Political Methodology


I graduated in political science at the University of Bologna in 2013. At the University of Bologna my studies focused mostly on Italian electoral politics at the regional level. Over time, my main interests have shifted towards international relations. I received a MA in International Relations from the University of Bologna in 2016 and a MA in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics in 2017. I am particularly interested in the political economy of money and trade.


Jan Vogler recently completed his Ph.D. in political science at Duke University–with a specialization in political economy and political methodology. He currently is a post-doctoral research associate in the political economy of good government at the Department of Politics. His research covers a wide range of topics, including the organization of public bureaucracies, various forms of political and economic competition (in domestic and international settings), the legacies of imperial rule, and structures and perceptions of the European Union.


Todd S. Sechser is the Pamela Feinour Edmonds and Franklin S. Edmonds, Jr. Discovery Professor of Politics; Professor of Public Policy at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; and a Senior Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs.


David Waldner (Ph.D. Berkeley) is interested in the formation of the modern state, the political economy of economic development, and the origins of democracy and dictatorship. He also writes on qualitative methods of causal inference. His most recent book is Rethinking the Resource Curse.


Dr. Philip Potter is an Associate Professor of Politics and Founding Director of the National Security Policy Center in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. He is also a University Expert with the National Ground Intelligence Center, US Army INSCOM. Dr. Potter has published two books and articles in a wide array of peer reviewed and popular outlets.


Kevin Cope is an associate professor of law at the Law School and faculty affiliate at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics.

Cope’s research focuses on the measurement of legal and political phenomena. Substantively, he is most interested in the law and politics of international institutions, migration, and relationships between domestic institutional structure and international behavior.


Jordan Cash is the 2018-2019 Pre-Doctoral Research Specialist in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy. His research focuses on American politics, constitutional law, American political thought, and early modern political theory. His doctoral research examines how presidents who were isolated from other institutions used their constitutional authority to achieve their policy goals, providing a clearer view of the institutional logic of the constitutional presidency.


Rachel Augustine Potter is an Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the hidden politics of procedure and process in American political institutions, with a particular focus on the bureaucracy and regulation.


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